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Hamden History Display

(image from Hamden Historical Society)

Come to Miller Library during April and check out our large glass display case in front of the main staircase. Mr. Dave Johnson, lifelong Hamden resident and retired Hamden firefighter has put  together a display about the Web Shop, a large brick building constructed in 1876 which was razed in 1940 to make way for the Wilbur Cross Parkway. He used historic images from the Hamden Historical Society for his fascinating display.

Mr. Johnson will give a visual presentation titled "Hamden Firefighters: History, Evolution & Events", on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center Hall at the Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden, CT. Enter at the rear entrance. This lecture is sponsored by the Hamden Historical Society. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

 

Links and Resources for April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month. This page includes free access to EBSCO's Poetry & Short Story Reference Center for the month of April 2013.

The page also includes a link to free resources from Gale related to National Poetry Month, and a link to iCONN's own "Other Useful Sites - Poetry" page.

Check out our poetry books display when you visit the library this month.

Winning Poems from New York Public Library's National Poetry Contest on Twitter

Visit our blog on renowned poet and Hamden native Donald Hall.

 

 

Bestselling and Best Loved Cookbooks

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Publisher's Weekly recently revealed the Top Ten Bestselling Cookbooks of 2012. You can find them all in our library collection!

1. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. By Ina Garten.

2. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from my Frontier. By Ree Drummond.

3. In the Kitchen with David. By David Venable.

4. Eat More of What you Love. By Marlene Koch.

5. Great Food Fast. By Bob Warden.

6. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. By Deb Perelman.

7. The Chew: Food. Life. Fun. By Peter Kaminsky.

8. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. By Ree Drummond.

9. Weeknights with Giada. By Giada de Laurentiis.

10. Hungry Girl to the Max. By Lisa Lillien.

Which cookbooks do some of our best known cookbook authors favor?

Mollie Katzen's favorite cookbooks are:

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1. Honey from a Weed, Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia.  By Patience Gray.

2. The Vegetarian Epicure. By Anna Thomas.

3. Mediterranean Grains and Greens. By Paula Wolfert.

Ina Garten's favorite cookbooks are:

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1. Summer on a Plate. By Anna Pump.

2. Nantucket Open House Cookbook. By Sarah Leah Chase.

3. Cold Weather Cooking. By Sarah Leah Chase.

4. Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook. By Kathleen King.

5. Baking for Friends. By Kathleen King.

6. Plenty. By Yotam Ottolenghi.

7. Jerusalem. By Yotam Ottolenghi.

Find out about new cookbooks in our collection via our LIFESTYLES bookletter. You can subscribe via e-mail here.

To locate books outside of our collection, go to the statewide catalog. You can request books via interlibrary loan

and the statewide catalog (iconn.org), if you are a Hamden resident.

 

 

March is Women's History Month

In celebration of Women's History Month, iCONN has assembled a web page with links to free resources from database vendors EBSCO, Cengage Gale, and ProQuest, as well as resources available on the open Web.
iCONN is part of the Connecticut Education Network. It provides all students, faculty and residents with online access to essential library and information resources. It is administered by the Connecticut State Library in conjunction with local libraries in Connecticut. Through iCONN, a core level of information resources including secured access to licensed databases is available to every citizen in Connecticut. You can also visit the CONNECTICUT WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME.
When you come visit the library this month, make sure to check out our display with books on Women's History in front of the main staircase. 

 

VITA Tax Assistance

VITA Volunteers from Quinnipiac University Law School will offer free tax preparation assistance to low and middle income Hamden residents at the Miller Memorial Library on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13. No service will be available on 3/16 due to spring break vacation.

 Appointments are not necessary. People will be helped on a first come, first served basis. In order for the volunteers to assist you, you must bring with you the following items: 

  • Social Security cards for you, dependents and/or spouse
  • Photo identification for yourself and your spouse
  • All forms, W-2’s, and 1099’s
  • Information for other income
  • Information for all deductions/credits
  • A copy of last year’s tax return (if you have it)
  • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund (if you want it)

Volunteers will complete only simple 1040’s and will NOT be able to help those with investment incomes, military income or foreign incomes. Please bring all supporting documentation, otherwise the volunteers will not be able to assist you.

 

Saturday Hours Coming to the Branches

Branch Saturday Hours

Based on the success of the 2011-12 pilot project, Hamden Branch libraries will once again offer services on Saturdays beginning March 16.  Whitneyville Branch at125 Carleton Streetwill be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through June 22 while Brundage-Community Branch at91 Circular Avenuewill open from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to regular library services, Hamden’s Partnership for Young Children plans to once again offer its popular Saturday Cereal Club sessions for preschoolers and their parents at the Whitneyville Branch and Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven will provide tutoring for English language learners at Brundage Community Branch. Please watch for further announcements detailing start dates and times for these programs.

For further information about branch hours, please call Whitneyville Branch at 203-287-2677, Brundage Community Branch at 203-287-2675 or Miller Central Library Information Desk at 203-287-2680.

 

February is Black History Month

 

Celebrating Black History began in 1926, when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D., initiated "Negro History Week." Dr. Woodson, a historian, chose the second week in February because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the Bicentennial (200th birthday) of the United States of America, the week-long observance was extended to the entire month of February in order to have enough time for celebratory programs and activities. Please see our book display in honor of Black History Month in front of the main staircase.

 Statistical data for Black History Month

Resource links from iconn.org (provided by Connecticut State Library)

200th Anniversary of "Pride and Prejudice"

This month marks the 200th anniversary of one of the most popular novels in English literature: "Pride and Prejudice" written by Jane Austen was published on January 28, 1813. Since then, it has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Below is the title page from the first edition of the first volume of "Pride and Prejudice". Here are a couple of interesting links:

http://www.prideandprejudice200.org.uk/

Jane Austen Society of North America Student Essay Contest

Pride and Prejudice: A Jane Austen interactive. Compiled by THE GUARDIAN. Leading writers give an alternative reading of its characters.

Goucher College Library Exhibition: Pride and Prejudice - a 200 year affair.

Free Library of Philadelphia: Day Long Celebration - January 28, 2013.

 

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